Study discovers a desire for surveillance cameras in schools

cctv-camerasA majority of residents in North America would prefer to send their children to a school which had surveillance cameras, according to new research.

A study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs and commissioned by Avigilon found that 60 per cent of people in the US and 52 per cent in Canada would prefer their children, or children of their loves ones, to go to a school with surveillance cameras over one without.

The poll was taken in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012 and 54 per cent of adults in the US and 40 per cent in Canada admitted they are now more concerned about security at school than they were 12 months ago.

However, only 16 per cent of parents in the US and 11 per cent in Canada felt they were fully aware of the security measures in place at their children’s school.

The poll spoke to over 1,000 people each in the US and Canada and found, when it came to security measures in schools, a majority showed a preference for surveillance cameras.

Around four out of ten adults (37 per cent in the US and 41 per cent in Canada) said having doors locked at all times was the most effective way to keep schools safe. Only three in ten Americans and one in ten Canadians thought armed guards in schools were an effective security measure.

Bryan Schmode, executive vice president of global sales at Avigilon, said: “The use of high-definition surveillance and access control in schools are key security measures.

“With advanced technology, educators can help keep unwanted individuals off school property, address bullying, and ensure high enrolment while making budgets go further.”

1 Comment

  1. Tom Reeve on July 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    As a parent, I would like to know what security measures are in place at my children’s school. While CCTV certainly has a role to play in the overall security offering, I would feel more comfortable knowing that there was adequate access control in place, backed up by appropriate security policies, procedures and emergency protocols.

    I fear many parents don’t understand the principles of security well enough to be able to judge the quality of a security plan for their school if it were presented to them.

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